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Pendant Cross

Date:
6th–7th century
Geography:
Made in Medinet Habu (near Thebes), Byzantine Egypt
Culture:
Coptic
Medium:
Rock crystal with silver fittings
Dimensions:
Overall (with silver fitting): 3 3/8 x 1 5/8 x 1/2 in. (8.6 x 4.1 x 1.3 cm) Overall (rock crystal cross only): 2 7/8 x 1 5/8 x 1/2 in. (7.3 x 4.1 x 1.3 cm)
Classification:
Lapidary Work-Crystal
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1908
Accession Number:
08.202.27b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 302
These works are thought to have been found near a Christian church dedicated to the popular warrior saint Theodore Stratelates and built on the grounds of Medinet Habu, the mortuary temple of Ramesses III from the early twelfth century b.c. They may have belonged to a ranking prelate there.
Medinet Habu, Egypt; Hadji Mohammed Mohassib(until 1908)
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